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In the Valley of Despair. Despair. “To lose all hope; to be overcome by a sense of futility or defeat; complete loss of hope.” “Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up .” {Acts 27:20}.

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despair
Despair
  • “To lose all hope; to be overcome by a sense of futility or defeat; complete loss of hope.”
  • “Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up.” {Acts 27:20}
despair due to horrible circumstances psalms 42 and 43
Despair Due to Horrible CircumstancesPsalms 42 and 43
  • “Where’s Your God Now?”
  • Appetite-Killing Tears
  • Kept From Worship
  • Far From Home
  • Forgotten, Rejected
  • Oppressed
  • Unethical Enemies
faithful contemplation like abraham
Faithful Contemplation Like Abraham

“(as it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations") in the presenceof Him whom he believed-God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who,contrary to hope, in hope believed,so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken,"So shall your descendants be.“And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb.He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore"it was accounted to him for righteousness.” {Romans 4:17-22}

actions leading out of the valley of despair
Actions Leading out of the Valley of Despair

Longing for God.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” {Psalm 42:1,2}

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Actions Leading out of the Valley of Despair

“When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.” {Psalm 42:4}

Remembering.

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Actions Leading out of the Valley of Despair

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.” {Psalm 42:5}

Hoping.

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Actions Leading out of the Valley of Despair

“Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God.” {Psalm 43:3,4}

Preparing to worship.

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Actions Leading out of the Valley of Despair

“The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me-a prayer to the God of my life.” {Psalm 42:8}

Prayer and praise.

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Actions Leading out of the Valley of Despair

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.” {Psalm 43:5}

Strengthening yourself.

actions leading out of the valley suggestions from hebrews
Actions Leading out of the Valley Suggestions From Hebrews

Longing for God.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” {Hebrews 11:6}

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Actions Leading out of the Valley Suggestions From Hebrews

“But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” {Hebrews 10:32-35}

Remembering.

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Actions Leading out of the Valley Suggestions From Hebrews

“Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.” {Hebrews 6:17-19}

Hoping.

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Actions Leading out of the Valley Suggestions From Hebrews

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” {Hebrews 10:23-25}

Preparing for worship.

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Actions Leading out of the Valley Suggestions From Hebrews

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” {Hebrews 13:15}

Prayer and praise.

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Actions Leading out of the Valley Suggestions From Hebrews

“Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” {Hebrews 3:12,13}

Strengthening yourself and others.

journeying through the valley
Journeying Through the Valley
  • Help us long for the better country
    • “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” {Hebrews 11:13-16}
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Journeying Through the Valley

Doesn’t seem like much from 6,000 feet.

What if viewed from Heaven?

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